Irish Involvement with ESO

Ireland is the 16th member of ESO.  The Irish ascension agreement was signed on 26 September 2018.

Ireland currently contributes 1.2% of ESO’s revenue, worth 0.495 MEUR for the period 1 October to 31 December 2018.

The Irish delegates to the ESO Council are Joseph Moore (Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation) and Professor Tom Ray (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies).

Scientific Discoveries by Astronomers at Irish Institutes using ESO Telescopes

As a new member of ESO, Ireland will lead and contribute towards a considerable amount of astronomical research using ESO telescopes in the coming years. The following are some discoveries that have already been led by astronomers from Irish institutions:

Number of Irish Astronomers and Staff Working at ESO

As of November 2019, there are 5 Irish nationals employed at ESO or working as students.